A beautiful early 20th Century cold painted and patinated Austrian Bronze study of young semi-clad dancer wearing only a skirt which is mechanically hinged to reveal her naked body creating the illusion of butterfly wings. Raised on a decorative bronze base, signed R.Thuss & inscribed Argentor-Vienna - Made in Austria
Height: 48 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Foundry: Argentor Foundry Vienna
Materials: Cold Painted Bronze
Vienna cold painted bronze sculpture – in the late 19th Century a number of bronze foundries situated in Vienna and the Austrian-Bohemian border began to specialise in the technique of ‘cold painted’ patination processes. This naturalistic finish was created by painting the raw bronze with special and secretive enamel colours, which resulted in fine life like studies of the various models and sculptures. As the process was often applied when the cast was still warm, the natural shrinkage on cooling added to the permanency of the colour as it annealed the paint firmly into the metal.